Talk:Vestibular system

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Feel the term 'our' in relation to the human species is not appropriate. The vestibular system is used by many species of animal, not just humans. I think this should read something like 'the vestibular system is used by all mammalisn species for balance... etc etc. As it is now could mislead someody into thinking this system is human only. Also a encyclopedia is suppose is supposed to be neutral in all respects, meaning we shouldn't use terms like 'our' when reffering to something owned by a human. For example a aticle on the heart should read 'The human heart pumps blood... etc etc' and NOT 'Our heart pumps blood etc etc' - hope thats cool. Maybe someone who knows more on this subjec can edit. It would increase the qualiy of this already very good article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:54, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

I agree, i was about to say the same thing. Do you happen to know which animals possess that sense too, BTW? (talk) 16:30, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
Now it's just mammal-centric. The vestibular system was already present in the first vertebrates. Hagfish have something so similar that it's essentially a variant. Zyxwv99 (talk) 00:49, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

Testing by temperature-induced reflex[edit]

Apparently the reflex can be used to measure the function of the system by putting cold or warm water in the ear and seeing which way the eyes move. Can we get some more information about this? — Omegatron 14:31, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

This is a diagnosis of vestibular system problems. See Nystagmus#Diagnosis and therapy, it has what you are looking for. The Crow 14:45, 3 March 2006 (UTC)
  • the test where they measure eye motion is called Electronystagmography. The eye motion is produced by putting warm or cold water in the ears. This is know as Caloric testing.bgh,.nhmhl;khklmhlkm;lh;lkjgh;lkh;ljk;fkglhg;hklmhkl;bmg;lkhmn;gmn;gmnfkvmdfk./vm/dkfm.gghkgm////

Otolith picture[edit]

What happened to Figure 4C? -- 14:28, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

The whole discussion around Figure 4 suggests that this text may be pulled from another source -- the citation doesn't seem to be adequately indicating this. (talk) 13:12, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

The text says "Figure 4C shows a cross section through an otolithic organ" but there is no figure 4, let alone 4C

HairyDan (talk) 17:52, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

The whole figure 4 seems to be missing. Is it deleted intentionally? If yes, the text should be adapted. suvidu ( (talk) 23:39, 1 November 2008 (UTC))

The image was apparently removed due to an unknown provenance. I've removed all references to it. -- Dan Griscom (talk) 12:17, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

Merge from Equilibrium[edit]

As nominator I Support the merge. The other article is a glorified stub and its content should be moved here. --Selket Talk 18:08, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

keep the name as vestibular system.

Re: Merge from Equilibrium[edit]

"equilibrium" could redirect here
also, I found some things that weren't on "vestibular system" that were on "equilibrium" so merging them should be fine —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 04:56, 13 March 2007 (UTC).

I assume you mean merge from Equilibrioception or has there been some page renaming going on? I oppose the merger, there is more to the sense of balance than the vestibular system in the ear. Vision also plays a part in humans, the statocyst (which is already mentioned in equilibrioception) in some animals etc, none of these really have a place in the Vestibular system article. Equilibrioception could also contain topics like the effect of alcohol or other drugs on the sense of balance. JMiall 17:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I oppose the merge as well, the Equilibrioception article is about a sense while the Vestibular system article is about the anatomy of a part of the human body. If you do not understand the different, see: Visual perception and Visual system. Dyingdreams 00:36, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
I oppose the merge too. Balance does not depend solely on the vestibular system. Visual input and proprioception also feature heavily, as well as their integration in the cerebellum. Each should have its own article illustrating their respective anatomy and function, but there should be a single article (e.g. "equilibrium" discussing how they all come together). --Nehwyn 17:56, 23 June 2007 (UTC)
I oppose the merge. I discovered what I needed to know from the equilibrioception article. The sense of balance is a universal sense that almost all creatures have, whether or not they have a vestibular system as in humans. I would like to see the equilibrioception article expanded, not merged into this (more limited and specific) article. 08:23, 9 August 2007 (UTC)


I agree.I support the merge.

Merge or not[edit]

I think the merge may be indicated for medical specialists, preoccupied with dysfunction and healing, and contra-indicated for neuro-scientists and non-specialists, who look at the sensori-neural systems as a whole. Convergent/divergent: the model is unimportant, so long as one can access the data. The push must be to understanding the hierarchy - since the concept of hierarchy in a branching system seems to me to be crucial. 'Balance' includes all sources of proprioception - auditory, visual, spatial, kinaesthetic - as well as more general physiological feedback in terms of a person's physical entity (muscular tone, age, state of physiological/psychological health, etc.). I don't think anyone can claim that these systems are separate. It strikes me, as a language specialist, that the auditory-vestibular system develops so early in gestation that we should regard it as radical, from which other perceptual and cognitive systems grow. Merge or don't merge - but please do cross-refer! - Signed JuliabmJuliabm 15:25, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Merging - expansion needed not consolidation[edit]

Hi I think the pages should be kept separate and enlarged. For example there isn't enough information on motion sickness, which is the reason I accessed this page. Tangoette 12:05, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

Why merge them?[edit]

These two articles are on related but not similiar topics, and trying to lump them into one is not a satisfactory answer. There is sufficient reason to maintain both articles independently. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:04, 16 October 2007 (UTC)


I'm removing this from the article:

Of more importance are illusions of the vestibular system. For example, a person in a descending elevator does not feel it is descending once its initial acceleration has ceased.

So what is the illusion? If the acceleration has ceased, what is there to sense? -- (talk) 16:14, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

I think that what the author is trying to say here is that it seems as if the elevator has stopped. Although this is indeed an illusion, there really is, as you have said, nothing to sense. The vestibular system is only able to detect accelerations (used in the sense which includes deceleration). The situation is something like inertia.Bosredsox24 (talk) 23:39, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
The elevator still moves without acceleration - remember, an acceleration is a change in speed. The elevator is moving at a nearly constant speed. Bosredsox24 (talk) 00:55, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Did somebody say "inept"?[edit]

On 06:41, 14 June 2009, Mac Davis removed the image File:UPSTREAM FITNESS.jpg from Vestibular_system#Experience_from_the_vestibular_system saying the following: "… this image has nothing to do with the vestibular system. I thought it was vandalism until I saw how inept the user who added it was." The "Inept" is, apparently, me, user Shustov.

Are there any other opinions? In the meantime, I restore the image. Shustov (talk) 07:35, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

Otoconia mass[edit]

In section 2, otolithic organ, it says '~ since they are heavier than their surroundings ...'; That perhaps should refer to the density, not the weight. If there is no differential density, there will be no differential movement.Suma rongi (talk) 10:05, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

Post-traumatic camel-related benign paroxysmal positional vertigo[edit]

I just wanted to point out, for your amusement, that this condition exists. It is just one instance of camel-related injuries, according to the authors.

minor vandalism[edit]

Someone put the Citation Needed tag after "since the world is three-dimensional." Then a bot came and added a date to it. I removed the change, because, sky is blue thing. (talk) 16:26, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

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